Secondhand experience with a coworker and a parent who've been told they cannot cross without going through the designated CBSA bureaucratic process to reobtain eligibility. Coming from someone that works extensively with the customs sector, there's not really a workaround other than the option they give you.
My firsthand experience comes from having a passenger with a record in my vehicle during a crossing that had previously made it over the border with nary a snag--even with two DUIs.
One crossing went differently. After crossing the Ambassador en route to Toronto, the CBSA agent directed the both of us to the border station on the southerly side of the Windsor crossing. The two vehicles ahead of me were also flagged, so I'm assuming she was just having a bad day, meeting a quote, etc. After a short wait, I was told to come back another time. My friend was subjected to questioning by a CBSA agent and told that he will be spending time in foreign jail if he attempts to cross again. We were then escorted back to the vehicle by an armed officer and were summarily greeted by a perplexed U.S. border agent who didn't quite understand why I told him "we were in Canada for 20 minutes."
I wish there was a bridge from Buffalo to Toronto! I can get to Buffalo in about 30 minutes from my house, but even though I can SEE Toronto across the lake from my house... it usually takes at least 1.5 hours to get downtown from here.
wow - i am fascinated by this topic. i have witnessed countless crossings firsthand of a person with a dui. ranging from just two people in the car on business, to two couples on vacation, to a large group of dudes for a bachelor party (mine; montreal). on one occasion, there were two in the car. it never came up once; he gave his license/passport, and they waved him right through each time. i can't even recall any but the most mundane questions (any drugs, contraband, etc, where you going, etc).
this was over a range of about 10-15 years ago. has this all changed in the last decade, or was this dude's numerous leisurely and uneventful crossings just an incredible streak of luck?
I can tell you from first hand experience that a DUI alone is not enough for Customs and Border Protection to refuse a Canadian entry into the United States.
If your friends were indeed denied entry, they have something more than just a DUI on their record (If it was just their record they were denied entry for).
i`m actually happy to travel to the US because the border guards are so friendly. canadian border guards are universally pricks. i have had more trouble getting home than i have leaving!
I am told, though, that you can submit an application for entry with a criminal record and possibly have a chance at getting in. It just needs to be addressed beforehand. Anyone else know anything about this latter aspect?
As for how to get into Canada as a U.S. citizen with a DUI, here's the application process:
[QUOTE=hipster.;79179207]So, two things...
1) Canada wont allow "felons" with DUI's into their country, but they'll turn a mostly blind eye to pounds and pounds of weed leaving their country for the US.
Our economy is built upon the exportation model.
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I drive down to WA to pick up crap all the time for the last 8 years. I have yet to meet a prick @ the US customs, but I always end up with a prick 2/5 coming back to Canada. I have never lied about the value of goods I am bringing, but they seem to have a holier than thou attitude. For what it's worth, I try to be extra polite to them (i.e. I would say 'Good afternoon officer..')
They've let me crossed without having to pay taxes just by being polite.
Why does this retarded U.S. vs. Canada border guards thing keep going back and forth?
If you're an American, entry to your homeland is easier. Canadians, easier coming to Canada. So each country's guards seem opposite depends where you're from, pretty simple.
By the way, PF Chang has the s*ittiest food I have ever tested. Wolfgang Puck sauces are a joke as well. That is all...
(/end over generalizing comments..)
I've only been to the fancy touristy areas Maya Riviera (Cancun) but not the city, so my view is slightly biased. Oh, they also have very s*itty roads in Mexico.. LOL And the VW Diesel van that transported me from the airport to the resort was not comfy at all.
My US passport was stamped by Canada and had my Study Permit stapled to that page when I officially 'landed' in Canada as a student. The same happened when my Study Permit was renewed. It's never been stamped any other time.